The beauty about going on holiday to a location which is entirely different to one's own is that you learn and see things which you wouldn't normally.
An art form which I had never seen before and which is practiced in Thailand is soap carving. I bought this exquisite flower carved from soap which was presented in a beautifully painted lacquer container from a Thai lady who showed me how she carved the soap.
Big in Thailand is also fruit and vegtable carving:
Check this out: http://www.jmcreativedesigns.com/Vegetable%20Fruit%20Carvings.htm
I also discovered after some digging around that the Thais are not the only people to carve soap: